Archive for the ‘Godfrey’ Category

New Vital Records From Connecticut (Norwich, Woodstock, Bolton, and Vernon) and Geer’s Hartford Directory, 1926

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

This week’s major collection comes from Godfrey Memorial Library and includes vital records from several towns in Connecticut (Norwich, Woodstock, Bolton, and Vernon) as well as a city directory from Hartford, Connecticut. The dates included in these databases range from 1659 to 1926. Vital Records of Bolton to 1854 and Vernon to 1852 will be free to access until May 29, 2009.

Vital Records of Norwich, 1659–1848 (available 5/14/2009)

Vital Records of Norwich, 1659–1848, Part 2 (available 5/15/2009)

Vital Records of Woodstock, 1686–1854 (available 5/18/2009)

Geer’s Hartford Directory, September 1926 (available 5/19/2009)

Vital Records of Bolton to 1854 and Vernon to 1852 (available 5/20/2009) Free for Ten Days!

New Haven City Directories for 1888, 1898, 1892, 1894, and 1896

Friday, May 8th, 2009

This week’s Major Collection includes the New Haven City Directories for 1888, 1898, 1892, 1894, and 1896. This content comes from Godfrey Memorial Library. One of the databases, New Haven Directory, 1896, is free for ten days.

Geer’s Hartford City Directories Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

This week’s major collection at WorldVitalRecords.com includes five new databases containing Geer’s Hartford City Directories for 1902, 1908, 1912-1913, and 1914. Geer’s Hartford City Directories come from Godfrey Memorial Library.

Geer’s Hartford City Directory, 1912- 1913 (online 4/16/2009)

Geer’s Hartford City Directory, August 1908 (online 4/17/2009)

Geer’s Hartford City Directory, July 1902 (online 4/20/2009) Free for Ten Days!

Geer’s Hartford City Directory, September 1913 (online 4/21/2009

Geer’s Hartford City Directory, September 1914 (online 4/22/2009)

These databases were originally compiled by Elihu Geer and published by the Hartford Steam Printing Co. There is more information given about Hartford in the Hartford City Directory than in any other publication of its kind in the world.

The following passage is quoted from an obituary about Elihu Green in 1887

“Elihu Geer, the founder of Geer’s Hartford City Directory, was born December 1st, 1817, in Lyme, Connecticut, while his parents were temporarily away from Hartford. He was apprenticed to the printing business with J. Hub- bard Welles, Hartford, Conn. In 1838 he bought out the business, and in 1841 purchased the copy-right of the directory, which he compiled, published and printed, from that year to the time of his death, which occurred on March 27th, 1887. He was more than an ordinary business man— the Directory more than an ordinary business venture. He grew up with Hartford; and his chief task was in recording with zealous pride and minute devotion the steps of its development from a village to a powerful provincial city. The first thin 18mo., a mere pamphlet, with 1,625 names, was published -when the famous old capital, though with two centuries of stirring history behind it, had but 10,000 souls, and hardly more than two straggling streets running parallel with the river, with a few lanes connecting them, and others running to the water. His last splendid octavo volume contained nearly 600 pages and 20,665 names; a third of it devoted to local, state and national statistics, when the city had nearly 50,000 inhabitants, and no student of ‘local history can even attempt to deal with its life for all these years without consulting first of all the vast mass of material collected and arranged by the publisher of this Directory, such as no similar work has ever attempted to present, for it greatly increased the expense of publication without materially increasing its profits, and was the product of disinterested pride in his work and affection for the city.”

Connecticut Databases Now Online: Middletown and Portland Directories, Well’s City Directory for Hartford, and Winsted and Torrington Directory

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

By Whitney McGowan, FamilyLink.com

This week’s major collection at WorldVitalRecords.com includes ten databases from Godfrey Memorial Library. This special collection includes Middletown and Portland Directories ranging from 1887–1896. The collection also includes Well’s City Directory for Hartford, 1848, and Middletown and Portland Directory, 1893–1894. Two of the databases listed below are free to access for ten days. The records included in this collection are from Connecticut.


Middletown and Portland Directory, 1887-1888
(available March 26, 2009) Free for 10 Days!

Middletown and Portland Directory, 1894-1895 (available March 26, 2009)

Middletown and Portland Directory, 1888-1889 (available March 27, 2009)

Middletown and Portland Directory, 1895-1896 (available March 27, 2009)

Middletown and Portland Directory, 1889-1890 (available March 30, 2009)

Middletown and Portland Directory, 1896-1897 (available March 30, 2009)

Middletown and Portland Directory, 1891-1892 (available March 31, 2009)

Well’s City Directory for Hartford, 1848 (available March 31, 2009)Free for 10 Days!

Middletown and Portland Directory, 1893-1894 (available April 1, 2009)

Winsted and Torrington Directory, 1890-1891
(available April 1, 2009)

New Massachusetts and Maine Vital Records Now Online

Friday, October 10th, 2008

The Major Collection for this week consists of more databases resulting from the partnership between the Godfrey Memorial Library and WorldVitalRecords.com. Most of the records deal with the state of Massachusetts with vital records from Kingston, Wrentham, and Norton. Click here to access the Godfrey Memorial Library databases.

Also included in the collection are Massachusetts town histories from Woburn, Hingham, and Newburyport. A topical and historical description of Boston is also among the titles. Town histories from Maine round out the collection.

Since 1951, the Godfrey Memorial Library has promoted the study of family history by inspiring individuals in all sectors of society to study their heritage and their own place in history. It has also sought to support educational activities that create enthusiasm for family research and to make genealogical and historical resources available to all on a national and international level. It aims to achieve this by continuing the expansion, modernization, and distribution of the collection of print, electronic manuscript and other information media as technology develops.

Richard Black, Former Director of Godfrey Memorial Library, Joins FamilyLink.com, Inc.

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

PROVO, UT, July 8, 2008 — Richard Black, former director of Godfrey Memorial Library, recently accepted a position in content partnerships at FamilyLink.com, Inc.

“Richard is a well-known and respected genealogy expert who brings with him a wealth of knowledge, specifically pertaining to content and databases from all around the world. His experience at Godfrey is invaluable, and we are excited to have him working with our team,” said David Lifferth, president of FamilyLink.com, Inc.

Richard has been involved in genealogical work for more than 50 years. At the age of 12 he was asked to serve on a junior genealogical committee. The committee sponsored a contest between the youth and adults regarding who could compile the most pedigree sheets. Richard’s team won, and he has been excited about genealogy ever since.

Richard’s new role at FamilyLink.com, Inc. will be to work primarily with content providers who have U.S. genealogical content. Individuals or organizations that would like more information about submitting U.S. content to WorldVitalRecords.com can contact Richard at rblack@familylink.com.

“Familylink.com has great potential for being one of the premier providers of genealogical information, which I think is really exciting,” Richard said. “I am looking forward to being a part of FamilyLink.com, Inc. and helping people find their ancestors through our services.”

Prior to joining FamilyLink.com, Inc., Richard served as director of the Godfrey Memorial Library in Connecticut for three years. He recently married his childhood sweetheart, Linda. He and his wife reside in Salt Lake City, UT.

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http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

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About FamilyLink.com, Inc.
FamilyLink.com, Inc. is a family of services that includes WorldVitalRecords.com, FamilyLink.com, and the We’re Related application on Facebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families. FamilyLink.com, Inc. has more than 1.9 million unique global visitors each month and 17.5 million impressions per month. Founded in 2006 by Paul Allen and several key members of the original Ancestry.com team, WorldVitalRecords.com provides affordable access to genealogy databases and family history tools. More than 30,000 individuals have subscribed to WorldVitalRecords.com. With more than a billion records and thousands of databases – including birth, death, military, census, and parish records – WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy to fill in missing information in your family tree. Some of its partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Archive CD Books Australia, Gould Genealogy, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Archive CD Books Canada, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Genealogical Publishing Company, Find My Past, Godfrey Memorial Library, Find A Grave, and FamilySearch. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

395 titles from Genealogical Publishing Company and the Godfrey Memorial Library

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

The Major Collection for this week includes 395 titles from Genealogical Publishing Company and the Godfrey Memorial Library. These databases will be launched throughout the week, and will be available free for 10 days.

The databases include books in the categories of local histories, family histories and genealogies, biographies, memoirs, autobiographies, diaries and extracts from diaries, and transcripts and indexes of public records.

The amount of transcripts and indexes of public records is especially of note this week as they frequently lead to original records, which are crucial to doing family history. A few of these titles include: all three volumes of Marriages of Some Virginia Residents, 1607-1800; Names in Stone: 75,000 Cemetery Inscriptions from Frederick County, Maryland, Volume 2; all three volumes of Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia; Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790 for the states of New York, Maryland, South Carolina, Vermont, and Connecticut.

A few of the surnames listed include: Hutchinson, Hawley, Kingman, Martin, Miller, Peck, Rice, Robinson, Ruffin, Selleck, Stimpson, Stanley, Stowell, Tinker, Torrey, Upham and Van Lennep.

There are also a large number of local histories. A few titles include: two volumes of History of Kentucky; two volumes of History of Western Maryland; Mississippi Territory in the War of 1812; History of Spartanburg County, South Carolina; The Story of Wilkes County, Georgia; A History of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky; and Ohio County, Kentucky, in the Olden Days.

389 New Databases From Godfrey Memorial Library

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

The Major Collection for this week is a set of 389 databases from the Godfrey Memorial Library. One hundred of these databases will be launched today, and the remaining 289 will be released during the rest of the week. Click here to access the Godfrey Memorial Library database.
The databases include books in the categories of correspondence, family histories, genealogies, biographies, memoirs, autobiographies, diaries and from extracts from diaries, and writings and works of famous people.

The family histories and genealogies include surnames such as Caspar, Clark, Harwood, Hoffman, Jacobs, Lemon, Morison, Morris, Nichols, Norris. Randall, Robinson, Safford, Setons, Silsbee, Tiley, Valentines, Van Pelt, Wanton, Weld, Whiting, Wingate, Wolcott, Woodside, Wright, and Yeager.

In the collection this week are autobiographies and biographies from Gerrit Smith, Leonard Wood, Naomi Norsworthy, John Murray, Silas Wright, Thurlow Weed, and Mary Washington.

Other works include diaries from Anna Green Winslow, Gideon Welles, John Woolman, and William Wheelwright.

Some memorials included in the collection are from the services of John White, George E. Spring, Nathanial White, David Wilber, Daniel Safford, Robert Winthrop, Orrin Welch, and Samuel Mills.

As always, these resources are fully indexed, searchable and free for ten days.

Major Collection of the Week: 480 Databases From Godfrey Memorial Library

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

The Major Collection this week at WorldVitalRecords.com consists of 480 databases from the Godfrey Memorial Library. Trace your family’s roots with a plethora of pedigrees, family histories, biographies, memorials, and historical books.Highlights in this collection are the selections on Abraham Lincoln. Descendant or not, one will surely find his story interesting, from his early life (Abraham Lincoln, A History), political career and family life (Abe Lincoln’s Yarns and Stories), to the circumstances of his death (Assassination of Lincoln: A History of the Great Conspiracy).

Go way back into your family’s history by reading selections like Gleanings From the Parker Records, 1271-1893 and Genealogy of the Marsh Family : Outline For Five Generations of the Families of John of Salem, 1633.

Databases from the Major Collection are fully indexed, searchable and free for ten days.

70 New Databases From Godfrey Memorial Library

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

This week’s Wonderbase at WorldVitalRecords.com includes70 family histories and pedigrees from Godfrey Memorial Library. These databases will be launched throughout the week. Search from over 48,000 names in The Genealogy of the Brainerd-Brainard Family in America, Volume 1. Do you have ancestors in the United Kingdom? Search for them, and at the same time learn more about English day-to-day life in The Brights of Suffolk, England.

Some databases feature the movers and shakers of 18th and 19th-century United States of America, including former presidents and military men. You may know the way they changed the shape of world history, but through our offerings you can also learn about their personal and family lives. Get to know Benjamin Franklin by reading Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, 1706 – 1790 (1844). Discover new things about Andrew Jackson with Life and Public Services of Gen. Andrew Jackson, Seventh President of the United States and The Great Impeachment and Trial of Andrew Johnson, President of the United States.

Stonewall Jackson’s contribution to American history is undoubtedly significant. Read about it in Stonewall Jackson and the American Civil War (Volumes 1 and 2). Our ancestors could be great even if they are not famous throughout the world. The Descendants of John Brockett, One of the Original Founders of New Haven Colony shows that even without fame or money, people could be great, and forever change the lives of their descendants and community.